Are you looking for a simple way to teach the alphabet? No doubt you’ve sang the ABC song more times than you can count and you’re concerned that you need to do more to help your child grasp the letters in a more meaningful way. Welcome to Alphabet Anatomy, where a rhyme for each letter makes this task simple and fun!
Amusing rhymes and illustrations playfully introduce the alphabet and foster letter recognition by creatively giving “life” to the letters, based on their graphic features, so children can easily recall each letter’s sound, shape, and print formation. You can recite the rhymes anytime, anywhere, and in any position. Now that’s a simple way to teach the alphabet!
Rhymes are also a powerful teaching tool and play an integral part in helping children develop critical thinking and memory skills, oral language, phonetic awareness, sound discrimination, and increased vocabulary.
The visual and auditory pictures created by the rhymes facilitate easy recall of not only the letter shapes and sounds but also how to correctly form the letters when writing them. For example, let’s take a look at letter C.
Reciting letter C’s rhyme, your child will recall that letter C looks like a circle; however, her right side remains open where the cats come in to doze.
Reciting letter K’s rhyme, your child will visualize letter K flying the kite and recall that her right arm is stretched up and her right leg sticks forward for balance.
Children learn best through playful experiences, all of which serve as a springboard for literacy and help inspire subsequent reading and writing success.
Recite the rhymes during play and while observing letters in daily and routine events. Add the rhymes to games and other fun activities that stimulate exploration and discovery.
As you read the rhymes, you can also extend the learning by engaging your child in conversations about the letters and their activities that promote imaginative thinking. For example, what else might you cook at a barbeque with letter B and what bugs might you see?
Having your child relate his/her own experiences to the letters also encourages and develops language and literacy skills. Has your family been to any barbeques lately and what did you enjoy the most about it?
• Younger children can point to their own head, arm, belly, etc., as you read about the letters’ anatomy.
• Teach right, left, top, and bottom direction as you discuss the letters’ shapes.
• Trace the letters and write them in the air as you recite the rhymes.
• Repeat the key word for each letter to reinforce its sound and ask your child to think of more words with the same sound.
• Count the objects on each page and name all the colors and shapes you see, for example, letter P’s tablecloth is made up of squares.
When your child is ready for more focused instruction, use the rhymes as a tool to reinforce the letter components for beginning reading and handwriting.
We know you’re busy these days, moms, at an ever-increasing pace. We truly hope that Alphabet Anatomy will help make one of your many jobs a little easier by providing a simple way to teach your child the alphabet.